Characters: A Song Of Ice And Fire House Baratheon
This is a listing of member of House Baratheon that appear in the Fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Visit here for the main character index.
"Ours Is The Fury
— Baratheon House Words
The current royal house. A house with a tradition of being aggressive, they rule the stormy eastern coast. Their brutal treatment at the hands of Aerys the Mad made them the first to rise in rebellion against the Targaryens. The impregnable castle Storm's End is their seat. The Baratheon sigil is a black stag
, crowned since they became the royal house. The Baratheons are the youngest of the Great Houses, and the house's founder may have been the bastard half-brother of Aegon Targaryen I. Robert's legal claim to the throne is through his paternal grandmother Rhaelle Targaryen, daughter of Aegon V. Their members have black hair and blue eyes.
Cadet branches of House Baratheon:
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Tropes related to House Baratheon
- A House Divided
- Badass: Not always, but the most notable members have been proud and powerful warriors.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Robert marrying into the Lannisters and Stannis with the Florents certainly does not help.
- Byronic Hero: Robert, Stannis, and Renly, each to varying degrees and with different results.
- Color-Coded Characters: All Baratheons are supposed to have the trademark black hair and blue eyes.
- Color Motif: The Black in Gold represents the Baratheon's dark side beneath their heroic exterior.
- Dragon Ascendant: Originally the Number Two to the Targaryens.
- Determinator: Deconstructed. They tend to be difficult to reason with, so their stubbornness causes headaches for themselves and others.
- Foil: To the Stark/Tullys except the present Baratheon/Lannister royal family is fighting with itself.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Robert is a drunken spendthrift, while Stannis is a no-nonsense Determinator.
- Hot-Blooded: Many members of this family seem to be passionate with big personalities.
- Large and in Charge: Another common Baratheon trait is a tall, broad, muscular build.
- Lonely at the Top
- The Marvelous Deer: Sigil of their house.
- Metallic Motifs: Robert is compared to the true steel (moreso before his loveless marriage and incompetent stint on the throne, however). Renly is compared to copper: flashy, shiny, but not much use. Stannis is compared to iron: hard and inflexible, but also brittle.
- Only Child Syndrome: Even more so than the Starks, there's a distinct lack of people in the Baratheon family; in fact Stannis and his daughter Shireen seem to be the only trueborn Baratheons left in the world. Ironic given how Robert has fathered so many children, with at least 8 confirmed bastards and as many as 16 illegitimate children, that his House may very well be in its twilight.
- Pride: Oh yeah.
- Rated M for Manly: Let's see. Tall, dark, handsome and muscular men, with big personalities, passionate determinators with a long history of producing great warriors and military commanders. Oh, and the hereditary title of House Baratheon is the Stormlord. Yeah.
- Revenge Before Reason: They are fiercely passionate about destroying those who are against them. Even Renly. But Joffrey, a full-on Lannister who tries to act like a Baratheon, takes this Up to Eleven.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Baratheons may have pretty Targaryen roots, but their hair is normally black and their eyes a striking blue rather than purple. They also rarely come in anything other than Large. Black hair was a trait of the Storm Kings, who were defeated and replaced by the Baratheons during the conquest. Orys Baratheon married the daughter of the last Storm King, and took over her sigil, castle, family motto... and her family's genetics, eventually. The black-haired Durrandon genes dominated over the silver-blonde Baratheon genes, leading to the modern-day "Baratheon look" which is really a Durrandon look.
- Warrior Prince: Stannis and Robert at least. Subverted with Renly who, in his first and only opportunity for combat, planned to leave the fighting to his bannermen, Loras in particular, while he stayed in camp.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Robert, Stannis, and Renly. But Stannis especially.
- You Kill It, You Bought It:: Everything the Baratheons have they got by killing someone else. Orys became Lord of Storm's End by killing the last Storm King, Robert became king by leading a revolt and Stannis gained the bulk of his army by killing his brother Renly.
King Robert Baratheon
Lord Stannis Baratheon
Lord Renly Baratheon
King Renly Baratheon, the First of His Name
"The Targaryens called Robert usurper. He seemed to be able to bear the shame. So shall I."
King Robert's youngest brother. He is Lord of Storm's End, Lord Paramount of the Stormlands, and Master of Laws at the start of the series. A handsome, flashy and charismatic young man, he is very popular with the common people. Later, Renly refuses to support either his nephew Joffrey's claim to the throne or his brother Stannis's rebellion, and declares himself King since that he has the largest army in Westeros thanks to his alliance with the Tyrells.
- The Ace: Appears this way to the public, being handsome and charismatic. He's quite a Sleazy Politician, however.
- Back from the Dead: Subverted; the "ghost of Renly" that helped drive back Stannis' forces in A Clash of Kings was just Loras' brother Garlan, wearing Renly's armor.
- Badass Boast:
"Tyrell swords will make me king. Rowan and Tarly and Caron will make me king, with axe and mace and warhammer. Tarth arrows and Penrose lances, Fossoway, Cuy, Mullendore, Estermont, Selmy, Hightower, Oakheart, Crane, Caswell, Blackbar, Morrigen, Beesbury, Shermer, Dunn, Footly... even House Florent, your own wifeís brothers and uncles, they will make me king. All the chivalry of the south rides with me, and that is the least part of my power. My foot is coming behind, a hundred thousand swords and spears and pikes. And you will destroy me? With what, pray? That paltry rabble I see there huddled under the castle walls? Iíll call them five thousand and be generous, codfish lords and onion knights and sellswords. Half of them are like to come over to me before the battle starts. You have fewer than four hundred horse, my scouts tell me-freeriders in boiled leather who will not stand an instant against armored lances. I do not care how seasoned a warrior you think you are, Stannis, that host of yours wonít survive the first charge of my vanguard."
- Bling of War: He's as bad as Lorras when it comes to decorative armour. His intricate, golden antlers can't possibly be any use in a fight, for example.
- Bury Your Gays: Renly dies in A Clash of Kings.
- Cain and Abel: Renly and his older brother Stannis are mortal enemies, though neither one is truly "good" or "evil".
- Character Death: He is assassinated by one of Melisandre's shadow-assassin-baby things.
- The Charmer: As is noted above, people like him. His ability to draw people to him is a big part of what makes him a major contender for the Iron Throne.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a mocking sense of humor.
- Disc One Final Boss: By the end of the first book, Renly commanded an enormous war host larger than all other armies on the continent put together. It didn't last very long.
- Freudian Trio: With his brothers. He's the Ego.
- Hanging Separately: With Eddard in the first book, and with his elder brother in the second book.
- Hunk: Frequently described as a younger Robert: Handsome, as well as "tall and powerfully made".
- Hide Your Gays: Renly and Loras Tyrell had a sexual relationship. It was handled subtly, because most Westerosi feel that it's not their business what (or who) Renly's doing on the side, and Word of Gay was necessary before some fans would believe it.
- It's All About Me: Shades of this. His quest for kingship did not necessarily improve things.
- Pride: His biggest flaw.
Renly: I have it in me to be a great king, strong yet generous, clever, just, diligent. Loyal to my friends and terrible to my enemies, yet capable of forgiveness, patient-
Renly, laughing: You must allow a king some flaws, my lady.
- Might Makes Right: When discussing the legitimacy of his claim, he's quick to point out that he's got the biggest army.
- Nice to the Waiter: One of his better qualities and reasons for his in-universe popularity.
- Pet the Dog: His treatment of Brienne.
- The Resenter: Perhaps not as much as Stannis, but it figures into his motivation nonetheless.
- Secret Relationship: With Loras, which they can't reveal due to prejudices against it. Several characters are hinted at knowing about it.
- Sleazy Politician: Is one at heart, although he doesn't appear like one.
- The Starscream: Instead of siding with his older brother in the War of the Five Kings, he decided he'd much rather take the throne for himself.
- Straight Gay: Although this isn't known to the public at large.
- Warrior Prince: But unlike his brothers, he's never fought anyone for real.
- Yes-Man: His only role in the small council seemed to have been to just go along with whatever his brother wanted.
Ser Gendry of the Hollow Hill
"When I hit that steel it sings. Are you gonna sing when I hit you?"
One of King Robert's bastards. Raised in King's Landing, Gendry was an apprentice blacksmith who had no knowledge of his biological father. He befriends Arya Stark as they travel with a group of Night's Watch recruits. He eventually ends up joining the Brotherhood Without Banners and is knighted by Lord Beric Dondarrion.
- Animal Motifs: Bulls.
- The Apprentice: To Tobho Mott.
- The Blacksmith: And, a rather good one. The quality of his work suggests he's not just at Apprentice level any more. Even though he's probably not, yet, a fully-fledged Master.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Somewhat. Gendry is very selfless for a person of his lowborn status, a trait that got him, Arya and Hot Pie caught by Gregor Clegane and taken to Harrenhal in A Clash of Kings. He mostly remains this way, even after joining The Brotherhood Without Banners who suffer from He Who Fights Monsters.
- Drop the Hammer: Like his father, he wields a hammer, though as a blacksmith.
- Generation Xerox: Again, with the standard Baratheon blue eyes, black hair, and strong body, he's the spitting image of Robert in his youth, much like Renly. He also inexplicably has a fondness for hammers as weapons, horned helms, brash heroics, and Stark girls.
- He also has a rather more flexible version of his uncle's sense of justice. In fact, he comes across as a much less boisterous Robert, while still quite unconsciously charming and good (if a bit bluff) with people somewhat like Renly, with a Stannis-side that sits up and takes notice at social injustice. He's also Stannis-like in that he can concentrate on getting a job done to completion, as well as break down a task into steps leading to his goal (even when it means doing bits he doesn't particularly want to do to get there). And, like all Baratheons, he'll listen to advice... but, may not necessarily take it.
- Heroic Bastard: Much like his uncle Stannis, Gendry has strong, natural leanings towards Cape-hood. Pity about the company he winds up keeping, really.
- Hyper Awareness: He was the first and only recruit of the Night's Watch to realize Arya is a girl.
- In the Blood: Both Gendry and Robert have an affinity for hammers.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Acts this way towards the group of small children he takes care of in A Feast for Crows.
- The Lancer: To Arya's hero.
- Like Father, Like Son: Robert Baratheon is mentioned as favoring a warhammer in combat. Gendry is first introduced wielding a blacksmith's hammer.
- Power Trio: With Arya and Hot Pie, of the Two Guys and a Girl variety. He's The Lancer to Arya's hero.
- Secret Keeper: Aside from Jaqen, he's the only one who knows Arya is actually Arya Stark during A Clash of Kings.
- Secret Legacy: Has no idea who his father was. Starting to become a Running Gag, since his former master, Stannis, Ned, and Brienne have all figured it out. Brienne even asks him some leading questions about Robert in AFFC, but Gendry doesn't get it.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He bears a strong resemblance to Robert when he was young.
- Brienne is also taken aback when she first meets him as he resembles Renly a lot, specially after she's terribly wounded by Biter.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He starts out as a complete noob when it comes to tactical situations. As an example, Arya, for one, can fight rings around him. But, you'd really not want to be hit by him. He very quickly starts learning, though: he's learned all about spotters by the time we meet him at the inn...
- Wise Beyond Their Years: In some odd ways, he's this. He's quite mature for his age, is very quick at spotting many things about him and storing them up if he can't quite puzzle them out at the time — and, is streets ahead of most low-born boys when it comes to the practical sides of street commerce and politics. He's also very quick to start playing Team Dad well when given the task. Yet, has surprising blank spots. Like, the aforementioned not picking up on who his father is. Or the not quite processing the problems within the Brotherhood for the worrying signs they are.
"I never fall."
The eldest of Robert's bastards, conceived whilst he was being fostered in the Vale. She serves as a guide on the rocky climb from the Vale to the Eyrie, leading trains of mules. She interacts with Sansa Stark (who is masquerading as Alayne Stone)
during her stay there.
"My father taught me to fight."
One of the bastard sons of King Robert, Edric grew up at Storm's End. Robert acknowledged him, mostly because his mother is Delena of House Florent, and bastards that are of noble blood on both sides are a bit more acceptable. Edric was taken in by Stannis in Clash of Kings
after he takes over Storm's End, and he has since then become friends with Shireen Baratheon, daughter of his uncle Stannis and his aunt Selyse.
Bella is a prostitute at a brothel called the Peach in Stoney Sept. She claims that Robert is her father.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Averted with Gendry, who she propositioned when he came to the Peach.
- Meaningful Name: Claims she was named for the Battle of the Bells, during which she was conceived. "Bella" could also be the feminine form of "battle" in Latin. It also means "beautiful", as befitting her profession.
- Daughter of a Whore: Bella's mother was a prostitute at the Peach when Robert hid before the Battle of the Bells.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Bella has the thick black hair of the Baratheons. Arya notes that her hair is like Robert's and Gendry's.
- Unproblematic Prostitution: Bella gives off the impression of being completely happy in her line of work and seems disappointed when Gendry doesn't respond to her advances... then moves on to another customer who she giggles with.
Lord Orys Baratheon
Best friend, trusted advisor and rumored bastard brother of Aegon The Conqueror. Became the founder of House Baratheon when he defeated The Storm King Argilac Durrandon, claiming his ancient castle, Storm's End, and the Storm Queen Argella.
- Badass: Led from the front during his part in Aegon The Dragon's conquest of the Stormlands. He even personally slew King Argilac The Arrogant in single combat.
- The Battle was called the Battle of the Last Storm. Argilac the Arrogant outnumbered Orys' forces two to one and the wind and rain were blowing in their face. It didn't stop him.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: King Argilac desired to marry his daughter, the then Princess Argella, to King Aegon I in order to maintain her status as a queen. Aegon didn't desire a third wife but offered his rumored brother Orys' hand in marriage instead. As he was bastard born Argilac took this as a massive slight, even sending him the hands of his envoy who brought the offer. Eventually the Storm King ended up dying, at Orys' hands no less, his lands and house given to Orys as a reward for defeating him. The final insult was his daughter was eventually handed over to Orys by her own people in a deeply humiliating fashion. And the two eventually marry anyways.
- Heroic Bastard
- Knight in Shining Armor: After Orys slays her father in combat, Queen Argella continues the resistance against him. Until her people betray her and send her to Orys naked in chains. Orys wraps her in his cloak, offering her food and wine. A gesture which coincidentally granted her protection from harm due to Sacred Hospitality. She later accepts him as ruler of Storm's End and they marry.
- The Lancer/The Dragon: To Aegon during The War of The Conquest.
- Number Two: As Aegon's Hand of the King
- Undying Loyalty: To The Targaryens.
- Warrior Prince
- You Kill It, You Bought It: When he defeated the Storm King he is rewarded with Storms End, all it's lands and eventually marries the king's daughter. He even adopts the Durrandon sigil, the black stag on yellow, and their house words, Ours Is The Fury, as his own.
Lord Boremund Baratheon
Lord Boremund Baratheon
A Lord of Storm's End and Lord Paramount of the Stormlands who died prior to the Dance of the Dragons.
Lord Borros Baratheon
Lord Borros Baratheon
The son of Lord Boremund and Lord of Storm's End during the Dance of the Dragons.
Ser Lyonel Baratheon
Ser Lyonel Baratheon
The Laughing Storm
Called the Laughing Storm, Lyonel Baratheon is a knight from House Baratheon who participated in the Ashford Tourney during The Hedge Knight.
He was noted for his skill in jousting and his booming laugh. When Ser Duncan was on trial, Lyonel supported him during the Trial of the Faith. He knighted Raymun Fossoway so that he might help Duncan as well.
- Badass: Like the rest of his family, he is well-known for his fighting ability.
- The Champion: To Dunk.
- The Charmer: He is known for his friendly and engaging personality.
- The Dreaded: A light hearted example. At a jousting tournament Lyonel had developed the habit of laughing the entire time he faced lesser foes and then tossing his defeated opponents expensive decorative helm pieces to his adoring fans as a souvenir. After a string of these victories most high born knights were terrified of challenging him to a joust lest they be made a fool of.
- In-Series Nickname: The Laughing Storm.
- Knight in Shining Armor: He championed Ser Duncan against Prince Aerion during the Trial of the Seven in order to save Dunk from losing a foot and a hand for attacking Aerion in defense of a commoner.
- The Prankster: When jousting any challenger he felt was unworthy to face him, he proceeded to laugh until he'd unhorsed them. In many instances instead of aiming to knock his challengers off their horses, he often aimed for his opponent's decorative pieces to knock them off or simply chopped them off afterwards with his sword and flung them into the crowd.
- Signature Laugh: His laugh earned him his nickname.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: He inherited the trademark Baratheon black hair and good looks.
- Trial by Combat: Participated in the Trial of the Seven in favor of Ser Duncan the Tall against Prince Aerion.